The venues include Wembley, Villa Park, Everton Stadium, Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, Etihad Stadium, St. James’ Park, Aviva Stadium in Dublin, Casement Park in Belfast, Hampden Park in Glasgow, and Principality Stadium in Cardiff.
Although Old Trafford was initially considered for the shortlist, Manchester United decided to withdraw due to uncertainty around stadium redevelopment. Meanwhile, Croke Park, the largest stadium in Ireland, is not included in the bid, but the Aviva Stadium is.
The bid is focused on sustainability, inclusivity, and good governance practices, with a proposed match schedule to reduce emissions and adherence to UEFA’s human rights principles. The UK and Ireland’s bid faces competition from Turkey, with a decision to be made in September 2023 by UEFA’s executive committee.
Lucy Frazer, Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media, and Sport, emphasized that the tournament would be defined by inclusivity and leave a legacy to inspire future generations.